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  • I've come to find the rapidity of life in doing what you love. Life moves so quickly when you're in rapture with the moment.

When creating reemerg...
  • I've come to find the rapidity of life in doing what you love. Life moves so quickly when you're in rapture with the moment. When creating reemerged as a central pillar of my universe, the effects rippled into all avenues of my life: work, social life, stress, health, relationships all improved. Sure, I said goodbye to some folks, but I'm a firm believer that people come and go from our lives at precisely the right time. You can't account for the changes that we find in ourselves. It's the reason why none of us truly have any idea where we'll be in five years. We spend so much time and energy fighting change that the staggering feeling blinds us to the greatness that usually comes at the same time. Hell, sometimes you're simply looking for a rock to hold to as a tsunami of events barrage your world. Then, as quickly as it arrives, the tide recedes, and you're standing disheveled with your hands in your pockets, looking around, surveying the damage. You begin picking up the mess. Reorganizing. Reaching out. Tossing things you no longer need. I think shakeups can be great life cleansers, despite the emotional tolls. And after the event is long in the rearview, it's essential to know gratitude, to appreciate the positive changes that came from the hardship. Almost all the people in my life are survivors to some degree. I feel inspired being with people who have made it through hard times and still hold their humility and kindness. Going through hard times makes visible others who are also fighters. The easy road in these cases especially are often self-destructive roads. Retaining an outlook of appreciation for the good parts of life pulls you through the rough. Last night's sunset was a great one. Ended up shooting from a place I often go, near the bank of hotels along the northern end of the beach. It's terrific having good clouds and light in the skies recently. I haven't shot Pismo for so long that it felt like an overdue reacquainting of an old friend. Also, I have this song on repeat today. Song of the Day: Charlie Haden - "Going Home"
  • 474 19 7:17 PM May 9, 2018
  • Dreaming of summer mornings spent outdoors. I’ll be heading to the Sierras this weekend to do some hiking and camping. It’ll be my first time sleep...
  • Dreaming of summer mornings spent outdoors. I’ll be heading to the Sierras this weekend to do some hiking and camping. It’ll be my first time sleeping all night in a hammock so I’m crossing my fingers I don’t get eaten alive by bugs at night. 🙃 *my beekeeper hat is already packed*
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  • Summer is in full swing here in Palo Alto and the boys are having a great camp experience at Stanford University... I’m grateful for such fortunate...
  • Summer is in full swing here in Palo Alto and the boys are having a great camp experience at Stanford University... I’m grateful for such fortunate life.
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  • Dreaming of summer mornings spent outdoors. I’ll be heading to the Sierras this weekend to do some hiking and camping. It’ll be my first time sleep...
  • Dreaming of summer mornings spent outdoors. I’ll be heading to the Sierras this weekend to do some hiking and camping. It’ll be my first time sleeping all night in a hammock so I’m crossing my fingers I don’t get eaten alive by bugs at night. 🙃 *my beekeeper hat is already packed*
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  • Ce n’est pas Los Angeles mais El ángel...
  • Ce n’est pas Los Angeles mais El ángel...
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  • Last day at Yosemite.. This place is stunning!
  • Last day at Yosemite.. This place is stunning!
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  • missing the beautiful northern california coast right now 💙
  • missing the beautiful northern california coast right now 💙
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Our memories will linger on after after our footprints in the s...
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  • “We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us” -R.C. Sproul
  • “We are secure, not because we hold tightly to Jesus, but because He holds tightly to us” -R.C. Sproul
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  • Waterfalls in Yosemite look quite nice.
  • Waterfalls in Yosemite look quite nice.
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  • When life gives you limes...add it to coconut water OR simply pick up a bottle of @amyandbriancoconutwater 🌴
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Fun fact: coconut water is the mo...
  • When life gives you limes...add it to coconut water OR simply pick up a bottle of @amyandbriancoconutwater 🌴 - - Fun fact: coconut water is the most hydrating drink packed with minerals and electrolytes to replenish your body from the summer heat 🌞but its definitely one of my fav drinks year round! - - Wearing my @cristinaramellaofficial bracelet. Use my code MUNCHIESWITHM15 to get 15% off your purchase 💛
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  • So much smoke from the forest fire!
  • So much smoke from the forest fire!
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  • The view from Maiden Lane 💓
  • The view from Maiden Lane 💓
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  • Get California.
  • Get California.
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  • the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast, guiding ships to safety since 1855 💡 but today it’s guiding me into the weekend. happy friday!
  • the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast, guiding ships to safety since 1855 💡 but today it’s guiding me into the weekend. happy friday!
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  • 36 men made a total of 14 escape attempts during Alcatraz’s history. Of these, 23 were caught, six were shot and killed during their escape and two...
  • 36 men made a total of 14 escape attempts during Alcatraz’s history. Of these, 23 were caught, six were shot and killed during their escape and two drowned. 5 went missing and were presumed drowned.
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  • V E N I C E • C A L I F O R N I A

Having cancer was one of the worst and best things to happen to me. Certainly twofold. I wouldn't wish the exper...
  • V E N I C E • C A L I F O R N I A Having cancer was one of the worst and best things to happen to me. Certainly twofold. I wouldn't wish the experience upon anyone, and I was lucky. I was lucky to catch it early. I was lucky to be treated by a great team. Just all around, life for me, as hard as some days are, I'm fortunate. Who knows what the future holds. And maybe that's why I'm grateful. Having cancer wasn't just about the surprising, "Oh shit, I might be dying." I mean, we're all on our way out. What brought me to my knees is how it undermined the road of security I was on for so long. Decades. I've spoken with other fighters about this perspective, how after fighting or some other significant event, the lens we view our problems adjusts. We realize we have no idea where we'll be in five years. Hell, I don't know where I'll be in one year. And there's comfort in this. What it does for me is it makes me comfortable with not just the problems, but also the unknowns. I look forward to the unknowns. I lived in the future for so long, building plans, making expectations for myself and others, creating the future world in my mind. I couldn't envision anything other than my expectations. Cancer came into my life and said, "Fuck your plans, this is real." And it's true, the "problems and obstacles" I was fighting through before were not really problems. Real issues, like health and cognitive functionality, these deserve our attention most of the time, because they affect our future more than, say, failing an exam, not getting the job we wanted, or forgetting to defrost the chicken. And these great days where wellness and happiness are buoyant, we need to feel gratitude for them. If you've never experienced a hard time, there's a good chance you don't encounter the feeling of gratitude--to be here--for life.  All of its messy complications and unexpected turns. It makes you appreciate all the beauty and triumph at our toes in every moment. Cheers the adventure. Song of the Day: Yo La Tengo - "Let's Save Tony Orlando's House"
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  • “So this is love, so this is what makes life divine.” – Cinderella ✨
  • “So this is love, so this is what makes life divine.” – Cinderella ✨
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  • San Francisco!
  • San Francisco!
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  • • P I S M O D I S E •

When I moved to Pismo Beach eleven years ago, I didn't know a soul. I landed ashore amid the vacancy of local folk and peers...
  • • P I S M O D I S E • When I moved to Pismo Beach eleven years ago, I didn't know a soul. I landed ashore amid the vacancy of local folk and peers who moved away after high school. I didn't have the option to leave. With two folks in ailing health, "One foot in the grave and the other on the banana peel," my colleague says, I wanted to be around. I wanted to save money. I love this area and I knew Cal Poly was as great a college as any other I could get into, especially in the consideration for graduate school, when I transitioned into the world of engineering. I made the permanent move to Pismodise following my bachelor's, when I started making adequate money and no longer had to subsist on a menial $12.50 an hour I was making at the architecture firm. Thankfully, working for an architect paid me in other ways, primarily with the wisdom to not pursue architecture as a profession. But I knew how to use AutoCAD, one of those strange skills I started sharpening in high school that's never left my toolbox. As I type this on my dual monitor, the other screen has an AutoCAD design that I'm tuning up for a grant proposal. Pismo came into my world because I wanted to be close to the beach, walking distance preferred. I love living near the beach. I know this may not always be the scenario for my living situation, as when I decide to buy a home, it'll likely be far from the ocean. As the places I'd live are obscenely expensive on the Central Coast these days. It didn't take long for people to return from their wayward destinations, staking new roots around the central coast; me, avidly coaxing everyone I knew about the wonders of living in this bucolic beach town stereotype. Things are changing here. The downtown has parted ways with its beaten down shithole vibe that once stigmatized everything. We have better shops, restaurants and modern developments. Recently, we had a new cafe move in I love called Scorpion Bay Coffee (@scorpionbaycoffee). The kind of place you can hang at all day watching tourists with a brooding roast in hand, before heading down to the boardwalk to watch a sunset. It's fun seeing the city improve.
  • 557 40 6:58 PM Jul 12, 2018
  • I find a lot of motivation in landscapes like this one.
  • I find a lot of motivation in landscapes like this one.
  • 146 2 2:48 PM Jul 12, 2018
  • circ. 2012 🏕 #tbt
  • circ. 2012 🏕 #tbt
  • 70 2 2:01 PM Jul 12, 2018